​The Pumpkins Are Coming!
It’s that time again this year—time for our Youth Group’s Pumpkin Patch fundraiser! The pumpkins are expected to arrive from New Mexico sometime on Saturday, October 10th, and our young people are counting on you to help unload the pumpkins and set up the lot. ETA is 8:00 AM, but if past years are any judge, there may be some delay in the truck’s arrival. Please contact Carole Bradley at 655-6939 for updated information as we get nearer to Saturday. And God bless everyone who can help out!

A Joint Service on Laity Sunday
There will be a joint service with the Hispanic congregation as we celebrate Laity Sunday on Sunday, October 18th. As part of this service we will observe the Holy Sacrament of Baptism, and we will welcome new members into our church family. If you are interested in being Baptized or joining our church contact Pastor Merritt at 677-5995.

After the service, we will enjoy a potluck luncheon together in Crichton Hall. Please make every effort to attend Laity Sunday, and bring a dish to share in fellowship after the service.

Imagine No Malaria Campaign Continues
The Imagine No Malaria campaign continues, and we appreciate the INM coin boxes that continue to come in. We are now over $800 towards our goal by year’s end of raising $1000 for this great cause supported by the Florida Conference, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the United Nations.

School Supplies for Riverview Elementary
We also continue to supply our neighborhood elementary school with school supplies, which the teachers and students of the school would otherwise have to do without. Collection tubs are located at the sanctuary entrances and by the church office. We have had a wonderful response by the congregation so far, and we look forward to your continued support.

Church Conference Update
Our 2015 Church Conference will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary. The Reverend Lloyd McClelland will be our presiding elder this year. This meeting of the entire church is your chance to review how the church has done in 2015 and to plan activities for 2016 and beyond.

A number of important meetings will take place prior to this Annual Church Conference. The Finance Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, October 13th in the library at 6:30 PM to set the 2016 budget for the church. Everyone interested in the budget process should attend.

The Nominations Committee is working to fill the many vacancies that have arisen for the coming year. If contacted by Pastor Merritt or our lay leader, Margo Holiday, to serve on a church committee, please prayerfully consider how you can best serve the congregation.

Once a 2016 budget has been proposed and all committee nominations have been filled, there will be a special called meeting of the church after a service in late October to approve our new slate of officers and the budget for the coming year.

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The Bible Passage of the Week
Let Your Life Reflect the Truth

Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days.  Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.  Don’t get your stimulus from wine (for there is always the danger of excessive drinking), but let the Spirit stimulate your souls. Express your joy in singing among yourselves psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making music in your hearts for the ears of God! Thank God at all times for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. And “fit in with” each other, because of your common reverence for Christ.

Ephesians 5:15-21 (Phillips)

Pastors Message
Prayer Requests
About Us
Fall Festival

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Service Times:
9:00 AM -- Faith Groups for 
All Ages (Sunday School)
10:00 AM-- Worship Service

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the October 2015 BELL Newsletter from this link.
Online Giving at RUMC

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.
Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 7
Free Spaghetti Dinner. Crichton Fellowship Hall, 5:30 PM

Saturday, October 10
Hispanic Church Yard Sale. Church grounds, 8:00 AM-Noon
Pumpkins Arrive. Pumpkin Patch, 8:00 AM (Tentative)
Troop 83 Court of Honor. Sanctuary and Crichton Hall, 4:00 PM.

Tuesday, October 13
Finance Committee Meeting.  Library, 6:30 PM

Sunday, October 18
Laity Sunday (Joint service with the Hispanic congregation). Sanctuary, 10:00 AM
Potluck Luncheon.  Crichton Hall, 11:15 AM

Tuesday, November 3
Annual Conference. Sanctuary, 6:30 PM (Rev. Lloyd McClelland presiding).

Saturday, November 7
Craft Fair and Harvest Festival.  Crichton Fellowship Hall and campus grounds, 8 AM- 3 PM.
Announcing the 2015 Harvest Festival

The Riverview United Methodist Church Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 on our church grounds and in Crichton Fellowship Hall from 10 AM until 5 PM. The public is invited to come, and the Festival promises to have something for everyone.

Local crafters will be showcasing handmade items. Local businesses will provide services to help individuals and families safeguard their health, auto, home and finances. Crichton Hall will be populated with booths offering unique gifts, jewelry, skin care products and more. There will be a blood mobile, Walgreen’s will be providing flu shots, and there will be a range of food options from funnel cakes to food trucks.

If you or someone you know would like to demonstrate products or services either at an inside table, or outside in a tent or booth, go the Fall Festival page for contracts and additional information.
We are also looking for contributions for our own RUMC booth--including craft items, baked goods, or plantings—all of which we will sell on consignment for our members. For more information about the RUMC booth, contact Donna Lee Fore at 528-0902 or Bev Plett at 579-8541.  Or email us at our website at rumcfallfestival@gmail.com.

Also, we always looking for helpers who direct parking, provide information, and assist with set-up or tear-down. If you are interested in helping contact Donna or Bev at the numbers above.
Remember: all proceeds from renting space and selling products go directly to fund the missions of our church.